Rumor: Entry-level iPad may get a larger 10.5-inch display, launch spring 2021

Apple may be preparing to launch a larger entry-level iPad sometime in Spring 2021, according to a new rumor from cnBeta, a Chinese tech blog. The rumor claims that Apple will be equipping the entry-level iPad with a 10.5-inch Retina display, and an Apple A13 chip. Here’s everything you need to know.

Apple originally launched their entry-level eighth-generation iPad in September 2020. The new entry-level iPad was a big step forward in terms of performance, replacing the A10 Fusion chip for a more powerful A12 Bionic with the Neural engine. Like the seventh-generation before it, it featured a large 10.2-inch Retina display, which replaced the 9.7-inch display on the sixth-generation model.

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According to a new report from Chinese tech blog cnBeta, Apple may be gearing up to launch a larger 10.5-inch entry-level iPad sometime in the spring. The rumor also claims that Apple will replace the A12 Bionic with an A13 chip, have 4GB of memory, and receive a “thinner and lighter design.”

I don’t believe the “thinner and lighter design” means the entry-level iPad will receive the same redesign as the new iPad Air. I think Apple may choose to laminate the display to the glass like the older iPad Air, but I won’t hold my breath.

AppleTrack‘s database reports cnBeta‘s accuracy at 61.5%, with their last rumor being an iPhone 5e back in 2016, which was false. I’d take this rumor with a grain of salt.

Sid Ramirez
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